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Oahu, Hawaii Finally Open! Top 5 Things To Do and Eat.

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Hawaii Has Officially Eased Restrictions!!

What Does This Mean?

  • Travel is Allowed
  • No quarantine required
  • No proof of vaccination is required
  • But masks are still mandatory in some places. So be sure to check before booking your trip.

Now that we got that out of the way who’s ready to book their next vacation?

Here Are the Top 5 Things To Do & Eat In Oahu, Hawaii.

1. Waikiki Beach.

Spend the day soaking up the aloha sun or catching some waves like a real Hawaiian.

Looking to sightsee?

There are plenty of options at Waikiki beach whether you choose to by foot or by boat.

  • Adventure across deep blue Hawaiian waters by catamaran. Keep your eyes out for any dolphins and whales.
  • Shop for souvenirs At The International Market Place.
  • Visit the 9-foot statue of the legendary surfer Duke.
  • Dine at some of the most famous beachfront restaurants like Dukes at The Outrigger Resort. Order the Hula Pie & Thank Me Later!

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2. Kualoa Ranch.

Just a short drive outside Waikiki beach you can immerse yourself in their 4,000 acre Nature Preserve by ATV, Mountain Bike, Bus, Boat, or Horseback. Plenty of options for however adventurous you are.

Here you can step foot on an actual movie set, like Jurassic Park, 51st dates & Godzilla. Don’t forget to snap plenty of photos.

They do ask you to book reservations in advance as these excursions do tend to fill up fast.

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3. Heavenly Island Lifestyle.

In Hawaii, they are huge on growing and sharing locally grown produce in the community.

So you will find lots of restaurants that provide food free from any harmful pesticides.

Here at Heavenly Island Lifestyle, they are serving up all your Hawaiian favorites with a little flare.

  • Loco Moco - Organic Beef alongside fresh vegetables like carrots, and green beans, topped with a ginger soy glaze.
  • Local Eggs Benedict- Choice of Crispy Pork Belly or Kalua Pork Topped with a perfectly cooked runny egg.
  • Hawaiian Pho.
  • Avocado Toast.
  • Crispy Chicken Wings.

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4. Byodo-In Temple.

After a 45 minute drive, you will find Byodo-In Temple nestled between the trees.

The Byodo-In Temple Welcomes faiths and practices. There is a five-dollar small fee to enter.

Inside the park, you will discover.

  • A scared belle to ring before entering the temple. It’s said that ringing this belle will purify the mind of evil, and bring you happiness, blessings, and long life.
  • A meditation area.
  • Koi Fish Ponds and other animals like peacocks.
  • A small gift shop to purchase sovereigns.

Inside the temple, you can pay your respects to the huge statue Buddha by lighting a ceremonial incense.

While this temple is only a replica it is an inexact design of the real one that is 950-years old located at the United Nations World Heritage site in Uji, Japan.

A very peaceful and restful experience for the day!

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5. Leonard’s Bakery

Ok, now the best for last!

Would it even be a trip to Hawaii without stopping at the famous Leonard’s Bakery?

Why is it so famous you say?

Well, their serving up fresh-made malasadas donuts, and believe me when I say people line up around the building for these bad boys.

What is a malasada donut?

It’s a Portuguese fried donut light and airy filled with your choice of custard, chocolate, and guava, topped with sugar.

Be sure to ask what the flavor of the month is, as it changed frequently.

Leonard’s Bakery has been serving the Hawaiian community since the 1950s and now catering to hungry tourists visiting from all over the world. Be sure to stop by on your vacation to Oahu.

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Well, there you have it the “Top 5 things to do & Eat in Oahu”

Let me know how you enjoyed it in the comments, and be sure to follow for more travel tips and local eats!

-Safe Travels and Mahalo.

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